Anne Arundel teen pleads guilty to small role in killing

Severn man wiped down revolver after alleged gang killing

February 17, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel

`Prosecutors said they had the car that brought the shooter to the killing, they had the four people who were in it, and they had the weapon.

But Anne Arundel County prosecutors said they could not prove who in that Hyundai Accent fatally shot Damion Andre McCrary in a Glen Burnie parking lot on Sept. 4, 2008.

On Tuesday, a Severn teenager pleaded guilty to wiping down the just-fired Ruger .357 revolver, making him the second person to acknowledge a minor role in a killing that prosecutors said was rooted in gang activity.

Charged with murder, Raheem Brown, 19, of Severn, pleaded guilty before Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch to being an accessory after first-degree murder. In exchange, he was sentenced to three years in jail, with two more years suspended, plus three years of supervised probation.

Last year, Reginald DeJohn Thomas II, 21, also of Severn, who had been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a handgun - the weapon prosecutors said was used to commit the killing. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Prosecutors dropped murder charges against the car's driver. Antonio Eric Lashley-Finch, then 17, of Severn, was the person Brown initially named as the shooter. Assistant State's Attorney Michael Dunty said he had one gunshot particle on his clothes; the gun was found by his seat.

They dropped gun charges against Sadiq Varone, then 18, of Severn.

Brown started with a weapons charge. But in his third account, he told police he was the shooter, and reportedly bragged about it in jail, Dunty said.

"We don't have any credible or scientific evidence to point to who is responsible," said Dunty.

Warren Brown, Raheem Brown's lawyer (but no relation), said he understood from prosecutors that the victim was either an in-house Bloods disciplinarian who didn't follow orders or had informed against others.

Dunty declined to say, but said in court that investigators suspected the defendant was in training to become a member of the Bloods' Bounty Hunter set.

The defense lawyer said he client was not in the Bloods.

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